Despite of the almost 3000 kilometers distance between them, Gadynia and Tel-Aviv are outstandingly similar. Both were founded in the early 20th century and boast characteristic modern architecture. The temporary exhibition “Gdynia-Tel-Aviv” aims to show the public both the similarities between the two cities and the unique features that make each one special. The exhibition is to celebrate the centenary of the city of Gdynia, the centenary of founding the Bauhaus school of architecture whose graduates had a lot to do with how various cities in Europe and Israel look today, and, finally, the 110th anniversary of founding the city of Tel Aviv.
The exhibition wishes to take the public on a journey through these cities’ seaside, raised on the dunes in the first decades of the 20th century. It will also present artworks from Tel Aviv artists and architectural projects by the leading architects of the White Gdynia and White Tel Aviv.
Contemporary artists were invited to cooperate with the exhibition: Maurycy Gomulicki will design a neon sign referring to both cities especially for POLIN Museum. Photographer Wojciech Wilczyk will share his new perspective on the modernist architecture of Gdynia and Tel Aviv. Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski will produce an animation inspired by the iconography of the two cities.
The exhibition is produced in cooperation with the Museum of the City of Gdynia, under the honorary auspices of Mr Wojciech Szczurek, the Mayor of Gdynia. The exhibition will take place in the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw from 6th September 2019 to 3rd February 2020.
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Image: Dziengoff Circle W Tel-AWIWIE, Lata ’40, Matson Photo Service, Library O Congress.